Timothy M. Smith

Timothy M. Smith

AMA Affiliated Groups

Contributing News Writer,

Timothy contributes news stories on a freelance basis. He was a senior staff writer at the AMA from 2016 to 2017 and has more than 10 years’ experience writing about health care. He previously served as director of communications for Venice Family Clinic, the then-largest free clinic in the country, where he wrote extensively about accessibility of care, health care reform and health policy. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

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Health Equity

Q&A: 2021 will test dedication to ending health inequities

Learn how a physician leader at Ascension Medical Group is working with his colleagues to address health inequity challenges on many fronts.

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Physician Diversity

Women leaders in medicine: Seeking equal pay for equal work

Tune into a discussion promoting growth as a woman in the medical field.

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Physician Health

7 ways to cope with moral distress during COVID-19

The pandemic’s ethical challenges can cause emotional upset and distress. A Johns Hopkins physician advises on how maintain empathy and integrity.

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Public Health

Horrific COVID-19 surge demands readiness on crisis standards of care

AMA joins National Academy of Medicine to urge that political, health care officials get ready to quickly handle tragic shortages of care resources.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

New competency focus involves structural factors in health

Understanding systems-level forces is crucial to making health care work for patients. Some medical schools are coming around to the idea.

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4 touchstones for end-of-life conversations during COVID-19

The pandemic has changed how physicians care for dying patients. Learn with the AMA what to talk about and when.

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Health Equity

Race-based medicine is wrong. How should physicians oppose it?

Race is a social construct, not a biological or genetic category. Learn how to help dismantle practices based on the false idea of racial essentialism.

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Medical ethics: Big questions arise when patient is “Mr. President”

In some ways, caring for the commander in chief is like caring for any patient. In other ways, it can be more challenging. An AMA ethicist charts the landscape.

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